Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves Pitching Matchups

By Michael Terrill

The Milwaukee Brewers (69-71) will take on the Atlanta Braves (81-60) in a critical three-game series. The Brewers must take a series win at the very least in order to keep their postseason dreams alive while the Braves will be looking to pad their Wild Card lead.

Monday September 10, 2012

Wily Peralta (1-0, 5.14 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (8-10, 4.58 ERA)

Wily Peralta will look to make it 2-0 in his first two career MLB starts. Peralta looked fantastic in his start debut against the Miami Marlins, as he allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking out three batters in six innings. It should be noted two of the three earned runs occurred after he had already been pulled from the game. Peralta will need to have his good stuff with him against a hard hitting Braves team.

Mike Minor has been sensational over his last 11 starts in which he has held opposing batters to a .206 average while posting a 2.58 ERA. However, over that span he has a record of 4-4. Minor was outstanding in his last start, as he did not allow an earned run on one hit while striking out seven batters in seven innings.

Tuesday September 11, 2012

Marco Estrada (2-6, 3.99 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (14-5, 3.59 ERA)

Marco Estrada is hoping to rebound after a rough outing against the Marlins in Miami last Thursday. Estrada surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in five innings. Three of those runs came in the first inning after Estrada admitted to not warming up properly after misjudging the game time.

Tim Hudson has been great for Atlanta this season and continues to get better as the year goes on. In his last 12 starts, he is 8-1 with a 3.28 ERA, including pitching seven scoreless innings in his last outing against the Colorado Rockies. Despite the solid record, Hudson has been inconsistent in those 12 starts surrendering as much as six runs in one game.

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.76 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (12-9, 3.67 ERA)

Yovani Gallardo leads all of baseball in quality starts with 23 and his last one might mean the most as it came against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team he has difficulty defeating. Gallardo gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings against St. Louis. Milwaukee will need Gallardo to continue dominating if they want to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

Paul Maholm has struggled with his command as of late, although he did pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing against the New York Mets. However, Maholm did give up seven earned runs in the start before, which has alarmed Atlanta a bit recently.

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